Slimfit's brand of rock and roll is a rusty-hearted, unpretentious, twangy testament to friendship and shared love of old-fashioned American songwriting. SLIMFIT announced their presence on the national scene in 2008 with the release of their debut full-length, Make It Worse an album with one foot in sweaty barroom country rock, another foot in devil-may-care punk rock and a third foot in whatever it is that gives them such an affinity for piss beer, mustaches, bad ’80s rock and kittens.
With 2010's "The Path", SLIMFIT illustrate in no uncertain terms that they're at the approaching zenith of their career. The sweet, dusty country twang is more melancholic; the PBR-fueled guitar crunch is more feral; and beneath it all, the pop hooks that form the true skeleton of SLIMFIT's songs are stronger than ever, fortified with 12 more months' worth of heartache, hell-raising and hangovers. This is one path is worth following.
Two videos about the making of this release are available for viewing on YouTube. The first is a live performance of the new LP's title track, “The Path”; the other is an interview profiling the new album.
"The Path" -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfA_UsFd7dg
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SOME COOL STUFF OTHERS HAVE SAID:
"...all the best elements of that thing called alt-country, wrapped up in one gorgeously orchestrated, irresistibly catchy tune. Of course, the same thing could be said about any one of the tracks on Make It Worse." -POP MATTERS
"Just had a chance to listen to the full album [The Path]. Excellent stuff. Really really good..... Great songs, production. The whole package!!!!!”
- Bruce Warren, WXPN Program Director (nationally recognized leader in Adult Album Alternative Radio)
"With bits of intertwining bluegrass, ballads and some energetic Rock 'n'
Roll to even out the flow of the album, [SLIMFIT] can electrify the air "
"Like [Uncle Tupelo and Pabst]? Then you’ll love this band... This is 3 guitars, flannels, hoagies and about a gallon of sweat and booze on the dance floor."
-Sex With Headphones On
"Every song is played like a club set closer, and there's not a bad song on the record. This could be one of the most impressive debuts I've heard this year." - Berkeley Place
"Slimfit will have a major problem to make their next album better than this one." – Country Startpage
"A great new band." -Amber Waves Of Twang
more press at: http://www.slimfitband.com/press.htm
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FOR THOSE WHO'D LIKE TO READ A BIT MORE:
It’s difficult to tell which is SLIMFIT’s greater trick – caring so little, and yet ending up with such airtight, honest, it’s-in-the-blood alt-country songs, or caring so much, and ending up with such an effortless-sounding, whiskey-soaked, can’t-be-forced genuineness.
Ultimately, SLIMFIT sound exactly like what they are: a group of long-time friends with a shared affinity for fringe country, punk rock spirit, piss beer, camping trips and Bell Biv DeVoe T-shirts. But the music is something that extends far beyond what these five Lancaster, PA, boys should ostensibly be capable of. Flannel shirts and short hair be damned – these guys rock the living shit out of each song, whether it’s a sweet, dusty ballad or a scorching barroom stomp. The music is deceptively simple, joyously feral – it’s rock-solid songwriting at its most basic and visceral, exploited in all the right ways with cascading Telecasters and a soldiering rhythm section.
The band’s rollicking collision of meat and potatoes songwriting and punch-drunk delivery has never been more vibrant than on SLIMFIT’s debut full-length, Make it Worse. On it, you can hear UNCLE TUPELO’s fervor, STEVE EARLE’s rasp, TOM PETTY’s jangley pop and, if you put your ear to the ground, whispers of co-songwriters Joey McMonagle and Pat Kirchner’s other influences, including SUPERDRAG and DESCENDENTS. “Make it Worse is a complete love record,” says Kirchner, who plays electric guitar. While he’s referring to love of the fairer sex in the lyrics, he’s also alluding to the labor of love that these lifelong friends took on while writing and recording Make it Worse. “The way we write songs and the way we interact is a testament to our friendship,” McMonagle adds. “I can’t imagine being in a band where we’re not all best friends.”
In light of the goofy moustaches and embroidered golden retriever baseball caps, it might be difficult to believe that roots rockers SLIMFIT actually take themselves seriously. The band’s live shows ooze with fun and a devil-may-care attitude, climaxing with as many as three consecutive “bull-rushes” – a SLIMFIT specialty, during which Kirchner, co-guitarist Sam Gorgone, bassist Sean Harmann, or even drummer Tony Kirchner dives between frontman Joey McMonagle’s gangly legs like a greased piglet. It’s all sloppy, drunken fun … riding on the shoulders of meticulous, timeless roots-rock songwriting that hammers home the band’s ultimate dedication to their craft. They bled these songs out, and now they’re gonna dance to them.
At the same time, SLIMFIT also take themselves far less seriously than another band in their situation might. Regardless of – or perhaps because of – the band’s collective attitude, fans of all demographics have been flocking to the band’s raucous shows and shaking their asses on dance floors big and small, from dive bars to packed-out clubs. Even XPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple-A Radio, has decided to champion the band, giving them regular airplay and naming SLIMFIT an Artist of the Day. And yet, one gets the distinct impression that these guys would just as soon down a case of PBR by a creek and have a rock-throwing contest than put on the airs of a rock star.
In fact, in SLIMFIT’s world, rock-throwing contests are pretty much par for the course. “Killing time before a couple of shows, we had some competitions where each band member had to throw a rock as far as he could across the river with his weak hand,” Kirchner recalls. “These were sort of definitive moments in our band – the sloppy, full-on, heart of Slimfit. You’re trying so hard, and laughing because you didn’t quite make the mark – not taking pride in the fact that you’re underachieving, but finding joy in the process of trying in the first place.”
The point is, trying hard without actually trying too hard. But maybe SLIMFIT have no real trick in what they do. It’s just what happens when five best friends pool their common influences, grease it up with some PBR and make music for the purest reasons of all: It’s fun, and they couldn’t stop if they tried.
Joey McMonagle: vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo, harmonica
Pat Kirchner: electric guitar, vocals
Slam Gorgone: electric guitar, vocals
Shizzler Harmann: bass
Tony Kirchner: drums
The Path (2010)
Make it Worse (2008)
Pocket The Hand EP (2007)
Slimfit is Poplockin' (2005)
5043 EP (2004)